Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional learning outcomes (ILOs) represent core competencies that all students, regardless of academic program of study, are expected to acquire upon completion of Chaffey College’s associate degree or certificate programs. Embedded in these ILOs are strategies and principles that help students recognize and develop successful pathways to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Holistically, ILOs articulate a shared, college-wide student learning expectation, reflect the college’s core values, and define the unique characteristics of Chaffey graduates. For faculty, ILOs provide a student-centered learning framework that guides instructional curricula in the development of program and course learning outcomes, fostering a culture of assessment and department collegiality. For student support professionals (e.g., counselors, librarians, instructional facilitators), ILOs promote a campus-wide collaborative effort to improve college processes and identify strategies to strengthen student services and academic support programs. For students, ILOs help them understand Chaffey’s guiding principles as they pursue learning pathways. Chaffey's ILOs have been aligned with ACES (Academic, Community & Employability Skills), a set of 12 transferable skills valued by employers and advanced programs of study.

Chaffey College strives to develop lifelong learners who exhibit the following:

communication bubblesCommunication:
Students will practice effective communication skills, demonstrate empathy, and engage in appropriate technology and online use. Examples include the following: 

    • Compose and present content that demonstrates an intentional awareness of audience and clear choices in language. 
    • Engage with people in ways that affirm diversity, demonstrate an awareness of identity and impact, and consider diverse perspectives to accomplish tasks. 
    • Employ appropriate technology tools to improve collaboration and communication, evaluate the credibility of online information sources, and share digital information in an ethical manner. 


critical thinking iconCritical Thinking and Problem Solving:
Students will demonstrate critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills and seek out new information and innovative approaches to problem solving. Examples include the following: 

    • Examine information and data to evaluate viewpoints for bias, investigate issues or problems holistically, and implement reasoned, feasible solutions.
    • Use quantitative reasoning and/or analytical mathematical skills to interpret, evaluate, and process data to draw logical conclusions and support claims.
    • Seek out new information and experiences, take innovative approaches to accomplishing tasks, combine different sources of information, and generate unique work, arguments, or products.


light bulb iconPersonal, Academic and Career Development:
Students will adapt to new situations and demonstrate resilience and professionalism.  Examples include the following:

    • Adapt to new situations, circumstances and environments; analyze feedback to make improvements; and revise goals in response to new information.
    • Leverage strengths in pursuit of goals, engage in new experiences for continuous self-development, view challenges and obstacles as opportunities for growth, and successfully manage stress. 
    • Exercise initiative, apply personal strengths and interests in academic and career goals, and understand appropriate professional norms in different situations.


world iconCommunity/Global Responsibility and Leadership:
Students will demonstrate knowledge and consideration of significant social, cultural, environmental perspectives in their personal and collaborative civic actions.  Examples include the following:

    • Acknowledge the impact of systemic racism on individuals and communities of color, recognize the value of fundamental human rights in society, and advocate for equity through civic participation. 
    • Recognize the interconnectedness of humans with the natural world, develop an ethical perspective on environmental issues, acknowledge the disproportionate impact of climate change on lower socioeconomic communities, and actively contribute to sustainability efforts. 
    • Demonstrate respect and shared leadership by recognizing the skills of all participants and managing disagreements in a way that cultivates productivity.